Contract - January/February 2011 - (Page 50)

interiors awards large office By Michael Webb Photography by Shannon McGrath One Shelley Street client: Macquarie Group location: Sydney, Australia designer: Clive Wilkinson Architects project: When Clive Wilkinson was invited to design the interiors of a new building for the banking and financial services (BFS) of the Macquarie Group, he realized, “They were closer to samurai warriors than city business gents— fast, efficient, rigorous, and driven by a code of ethics.” That response pleased Peter Maher, the freewheeling head of BFS, who wanted to energize his 3,000 troops and show clients “how open our culture is and how we operate and communicate.” The building was to be a catalyst for change, and Eric Veldhoen + Company gave substance to the client’s vision with Activity Based Working, a system the firm pioneered for the Interpolis insurance company in Tilburg. The Macquarie Group was founded in Sydney in 1970, and it has become Australia’s largest investment bank, with 70 offices in 26 countries. Anthony Henry, Macquarie’s head of workplace design, explains: “We wanted a healthy, sustainable work environment, meeting spaces that would penetrate the entire building, and mobile, follow-me technology that would liberate staff from their desks.” 50 contract january/february 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - January/February 2011

Contract - January/February 2011
Editor’s Note
Exhibition: Orgatec
Corporate Philanthropy
The 32nd Annual Interiors Awards
Designers of the Year
Legend Award
Large Office
Public Space
Historic Restoration
Adaptive Reuse
Environmental Design
Designers Rate
Ad Index

Contract - January/February 2011